LeapFrog LeapReader Reading and Writi…


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michellebarron1987 My son recently turned five and he loves this product, The book that conmes with the pen is a good book to practice using the pen with but after you get the hang of it, you need to purchase more books. I love that he enjoys it and is learning to read and write at the same time!

TicoandTina As a long-time lover of LeapFrog products, our family was excited to have the chance to review the LeapReader!



Big Pros:

- It really is a big improvement over the Tag pen, which we have two of - the ability to recharge the Reader directly is HUGE for a family that already uses way too many batteries =)

- Another favorite new feature is the larger storage capacity for stories and songs.

- I really love that the pen teaches writing and correct stroke order - our daughter has had a problem with that.



Possible Cons:

- I haven't been able to test this out for myself but I've heard that files for the newer books are larger than the old Tag books, which cuts down on the implied benefit of more space on the LeapReader.

- I also know that not all Tag books are compatible with the LeapReader, so that could be disappointing.

- I really wish that the pen would write on regular paper because the special paper gets used up quite fast - I know that a lot of other parents appreciate that it doesn't write on other surfaces, though =)



All in all, the kids have found the pen so easy to use and we are really happy with the upgrade. In fact, my husband had been working with our 3 yr old to learn his letters but he only knew a few of them. After a couple of days just playing with the LeapReader and the alphabet book that comes with the system, we discovered that our son had learned almost all of the other letters by himself! If that doesn't show the value of the LeapReader, I don't know what does LOL.



*we received this product free for our honest review - all of the opinions are our own*

Amy @ PK The LeapReader is a great addition to the learning tools in our house. I love the LeapFrog philosophy of learning through fun and games - it is almost sneaky in how much kids pick up.



Learn to Read: The LeapReader functions largely like the Tag Reader when using books from that collection. You can play games on the pages of the books, sound out words, spell words, answer comprehension questions, and listen to the book as a whole or page by page.



Learn to Write: I have never used Mr. Pencil, so this is a first in our house. I love the paper that is included for kids to practice writing letters. The LeapReader actually make marks on that special paper, but not on the books or anything else, almost like magic! You have to be careful that you do not use the paper stacked on top of each other otherwise the marks made on the top page transfers through to the pages underneath. I am looking forward to holding short "Pre-School Mornings" with my 4 year-old when school schedules start again for the big kids. Of course, as I was looking through the material, the almost second grader wanted to try out the writing pages claiming she needs the practice. The Learn To Write Letters workbook incorporates a story with different motions of writing letters working though the simpler straight-line skills, to the zigzag and on to the squiggly motions. The skill progression is perfect for young children to learn proper technique and avoid frustration in the process.



Learn Through Listening: The best feature of the LeapReader is the ability to download up to 100 audio books, music, and trivia games from the LeapReader Library (some titles not available until the end of 2013). Included with the review material was the Magic Tree House Book #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne. As we happen to have the book in our house, my kids are currently occupied listening to Mary Pope Osborne read her book to them on this foggy, cool summer day (awesome)! The learning songs have a fun beat that parents will tolerate and kids will learn from – punctuation and blends were two song topics that stuck in my mind. The trivia facts appeal to any person interested in the subjects - I look forward to browsing the Leap Reader library.

Very busy K teacher and mom to 4 under 9 The LeapReader is a great addition to the learning tools in our house. I love the LeapFrog philosophy of learning through fun and games - it is almost sneaky in how much kids pick up.



Learn to Read: The LeapReader functions largely like the Tag Reader when using books from that collection. You can play games on the pages of the books, sound out words, spell words, answer comprehension questions, and listen to the book as a whole or page by page.



Learn to Write: I have never used Mr. Pencil, so this is a first in our house. I love the paper that is included for kids to practice writing letters. The LeapReader actually make marks on that special paper, but not on the books or anything else, almost like magic! You have to be careful that you do not use the paper stacked on top of each other otherwise the marks made on the top page transfers through to the pages underneath. I am looking forward to holding short "Pre-School Mornings" with my 4 year-old when school schedules start again for the big kids. Of course, as I was looking through the material, the almost second grader wanted to try out the writing pages claiming she needs the practice. The Learn To Write Letters workbook incorporates a story with different motions of writing letters working though the simpler straight-line skills, to the zigzag and on to the squiggly motions. The skill progression is perfect for young children to learn proper technique and avoid frustration in the process.



Learn Through Listening: The best feature of the LeapReader is the ability to download up to 100 audio books, music, and trivia games from the LeapReader Library (some titles not available until the end of 2013). Included with the review material was the Magic Tree House Book #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne. As we happen to have the book in our house, my kids are currently occupied listening to Mary Pope Osborne read her book to them on this foggy, cool summer day (awesome)! The learning songs have a fun beat that parents will tolerate and kids will learn from – punctuation and blends were two song topics that stuck in my mind. The trivia facts appeal to any person interested in the subjects - I look forward to browsing the Leap Reader library.

Dakotapam We have owned two Tag reading systems for our three year old twins (my now 9 year old also used them in his early reading days as well.) As a busy mom to six kids, I love that the Tag system can occupy the children while providing educational content. But, what I disliked about the Tag was that it was a bit heavy for little hands, and it, like many LeapFrog toys, was a battery hog. I also found myself swapping books in and out of the Tag, due to the smallish memory.



The LeapReader has some fun improvements. It is USB chargable (YAY!) and because of this, it is also lighter and a bit slimmer and more natural to hold for little hands. It has an increased memory, and while people complain that this memory is still not enough, I find it easy enough to swap books in and out of the device.



The girls love the MP3 player and dance around the house pretending to use it as a microphone.



But, the aspect that the girls (and I) adore, is the Learn to Write component. They had always used their tag as a pencil (tracing letters and the like) but it never offered feedback. They love "writing" on the special paper and listening and following directions to form their letters correctly. And the bonus for me is no stray pencil or ink marks in the books!



I still think the LeapFrog connect can be a bit more user friendly, but that will come with time. For now, I love that they take the time to constantly improve on their products so that our kids can learn and enjoy with them.



Disclosure: I was given the LeapReader free of charge to facilitate my review. however, all opinions are 100% my own.

Joanna First, I'd like to start off by expressing how much both my 5-yr. old and I LOVE this gadget. The "Tag 2.0" (as I like to refer to it) is quite the improvement over the original. Not that the Tag Reading System wasn't good, but the LeapReader? Is on another level.



For starters, it has EIGHT times the memory of the Tag Reader (storing up to 40 books, 175 songs, or any combo of the two). It should also be noted that most of the old Tag books are compatible and available for download on the new LeapReader, which makes this extra storage, well, extra useful.



By far, my most favorite feature of the LeapReader is its ability to not only teach reading, but WRITING as well. Just purchase the LeapFrog Learning Paper and your little can practice tracing and writing their alphabet + numbers. Even more exciting is the fact that the pen only writes on this special paper, so no ABCs or 123s all over your walls and furniture.



Some other things I like:



- it combines reading, writing and listening exercises

- the device can sound out words, read whole words or entire sentences

- plays learning songs with the built-in audio player

- in addition to audio books, it's compatible with a large selection of maps, flash cards, learning workbooks, music albums, etc.

- it's rechargeable, so no need to continually purchase batteries



Overall, I think this is a great tool for helping to teach your child reading and writing at home. If you're looking for something to help aid them during this learning process, I definitely think the LeapReader is the way to go. It's truly in a class all its own.



Disclosure: LeapFrog sent us this product to review free of charge, but all opinions expressed here are my own.

Ginny A great tool to help your child learn. My Grandson is 4 an will be entering Kindergarten soon. He has used this book every day since I purchased it. Loves it. He has learned to count to 20 and knows many of his phonics already. The pen makes it fun and he loves listening to the sounds.

Kendra - The Things I Love From the second the LeapReader came out of the box my kids kept it going and going for hours. Listening, Reading and dancing to music! My little guy, Jack Jack loves tracing letters and hearing the sound each one makes, my daughter loves listening to the stories being read to her, my 7 year old son loves walking around the house playing the song and answering the trivia questions, and my 2 year old just loves to push all the buttons on it!!



Here are my favorite things about the New LeapReader Reading and Writing system.

It works just like the Tag where you can play games in the books and read the books or have the books read to you.

It has built in batteries that you just have to plug into a charger on your computer! {This is probably my favorite feature because it charges fast, and I don't have to hear my kids say "The Batteries are dead again" daily!}

You don't need new books for the LeapReader, most of the ones that they have for the LeapReader will transfer over.

It has 3 fun features of Listening to Music, Listening to ebooks (i.e. Magic Tree House and other fun books) and also Trivia!

It has a place to plug in headphones.

Has a lot more memory space

The "Magic" paper that actually draws on the paper (mess free) and helps them learn to write it correctly while listening to instructions.



{I received this Reader free of charge for my review, all opinions are 100% mine}

Unknown Mami I was very excited about the LeapReader coming into our lives right now as my eldest daughter who is 4-years-old is about to start kindergarten and needs practice writing her letters. We are LeapFrog product collectors so she was able to use the LeapReader as soon as she got it into her hot little hands without much guidance. My favorite thing about the LeapReader is that she can write with it, her favorite feature is the music. She channels her inner teenager and has impromptu dance parties with it. I appreciate that the music that comes with it appeals to her and her "pop" sensibilities, I wouldn't mind some classic rock or Tom Waits, but then again the device is not for me.



PROS:

*Rechargeable battery (Finally! Thank you LeapFrog for listening to customers who consistently request rechargeable batteries on your products.

*LeapReader writes only on special paper and nowhere else.

*Music is greatly enjoyed by my child.

*Love the audio book feature as well as trivia feature.



CONS:

*It's a bit bulky and clunky for my 4-year-old to hold. She already knows how to hold a pencil "correctly" and isn't able to hold the LeapReader in the same way, she ends up having to clutch the whole thing which seems counterproductive.

*I wish the magic writing paper came with a magic eraser because my kid goes through it super quickly.



Please note: We received a complimentary LeapReader for review purposes. All statements and opinions are my own.

Emily As a family who already owns a few of the LeapFrog family of products, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the LeapReader Reading and Writing System. This is a perfect learning toy for my four-year-old son. He loves it and is excited to use it, he often chooses this over screen time. (YAY!)



I love that the device is rechargeable via USB port, instead of using batteries. This cuts down on the expense of batteries, saving money is so important.



We are practicing writing letters and LeapFrog included amazing paper with the unit. There is a guide directing you on how to properly draw the letters and the unit talks you through it. The paper is "magic" in that the writing doesn't show up on other surfaces. No mess and no worrying about cleaning up writing off of other surfaces.



The device is a bit bulky for my son to hold in his small hands, but I realize that it is designed for ages 4-8; there is plenty of room to grow with this device.



I'd recommend this to any parent, grandparent, or friend wanting to buy a quality educational toy for a child aged 4 -8!



Disclosure: I received a complimentary LeapReader for review purposes. All statements and opinions are my own.



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